Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell admitted he was embarrassed with what his side produced in the second-half at Wigan Warriors on Friday night and believes some of his players need to take a good hard look at themselves.
Castleford led 12-10 at the break and were giving Wigan – who needed Leeds Rhinos to lose at Huddersfield Giants to win the League Leaders’ Shield – a run for their money.
But the hosts hit back in fine style with seven unanswered tries to win 47-12 and set up a home semi-final against Huddersfield on Thursday night.
The Tigers hit back themselves from 10-0 down to lead 12-10 at half-time thanks to tries from Luke Dorn and Junior Moors, before capitulatng after the break.
Powell said: “We served ourselves up at the start of the second-half. A really disappointing half of football, if you lack as much control as that against a side like Wigan then they are going to punish you.
“We didn’t apply any pressure at all. I thought we were superb in the first-half with 100 per cent completion – it was probably 50 in the second - and if you want to be a top-four side you have to be better than that. It was pretty dismal and disappointing to slip out of the season.
“I thought we played our best rugby league of the season in the first-half, but it was a typical game of two halves. That was embarrassing in the second-half, I was really disappointed with that. We have a bit of work to do to stiffen ourselves up and make sure that doesn’t happen again.
“There are a few players who need to have a good look at what they are delivering, I won’t name names, I will be telling them myself, but that was poor some of the stuff out there.”
Wigan coach Shaun Wane was disappointed his team failed to clinch the league leaders’ shield but admitted he did not think his side deserved it over the course of the campaign.
Wane said: “I am proud of them. I thought it was a fantastic win. It doesn’t feel like a defeat but it’s not far off. I have to congratulate Leeds. They have stayed in there and battled until the end.
“I am a massive believer in you get what you deserve and we have not deserved to win it. We have done what we can.”